Formulation Chemistry allows making complex polymer combinations in order to create adhesives, inks, paints or cosmetics.

  • Adhesives, which are always invisible yet present, don’t just limit themselves to the general public: they are indispensable in many different fields such as furnishing, medical prosthetics, bridges, airplane structures, domestic appliances, etc.
  • Inks are everywhere: in printing of course, but also in packaging, electronic appliances, etc.
  • Paints must combine many different qualities: impermeable and decorative for walls, non-toxic for food, and furniture, complex for aeronautics, etc.
  • Cosmetics, which have been around since time and memorial, bring together extremely rigorous sanitary constraints which demand a thorough knowledge of chemistry and polymers for anyone dealing with the domain.


Work opportunities for engineers in formulation chemistry are very vast:

  • Uphill: in chemical product firms.
  • Conception and fabrication.
  • Downhill: industries using the products.

Admission for Students outside France

1st-year admission:

  • Graduate studies in chemistry (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, 180 ECTS)
  • A satisfying level in French: B2 CERF + interview with ITECH

2nd-year admission:

1 year of postgraduate studies completed (M1 or equivalent, 240 ECTS)

How to apply?

Visit and register at (for EU students).


Apply through Campus France site (CEF procedures).

For countries which do not have CEF procedures with France, you must do an Application for Preliminary Admission (DAP) to the cultural service of the French embassy in your country of residence.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the French Section are 7000€/year.

Hands-on training

ITECH is adamant in supplying students with a strong professional experience. On top of a multidisciplinary teaching, the institute adds a 10 month minimum of mandatory internships in companies for the regular status students.

End of 1st year: International experience - minimum 6 weeks

This international experience is prepared in advance in terms of an intercultural approach and the expectations regarding the content of the report are fully defined. This is an individual review of each student’s experience and acts as a basis for reflection during the intercultural lessons the following term.

End of 2nd year: Engineering placement - minimum 8 weeks

Practical application with privileged trainee status allows students to come face to face with the realities of corporate life and become acquainted with companies’ material, economic and human requirements.

End of 3rd year: Final year project - maximum 6 months

This is a project generally entrusted to young engineers. Students demonstrate that they are capable of acting autonomously and tackling complex subjects in situations that can, at times, prove complex. The project involves a minimum 5-month placement with a company or laboratory either in France or abroad.

The Region


Lyon is located in the south-east of France, on the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers. It stands at a geographical crossroads, to the North of the natural corridor of the Rhône valley (which stretches from Lyon to Marseille). With the Lyon-Saint Exupéry international airport and three TGV high-speed train stations, Lyon is connected to all major European cities and the world! Lyon is only 2 hours from TGV to Paris and 1hr40 to Marseille and the Mediterranean. If it's mountains you prefer, the Alps are a mere 90 minutes away by car, the Massif Central only 30 minutes away.

Historically, Lyon is an industrial city and therefore houses many petrochemical industries along the Saône and Rhône Rivers, in the so-called ‘chemistry corridor’.

Lyon is also the city with the second largest number of students in France, with three universities and many engineering schools. In terms of its population, it’s the 3rd biggest city in France, with over 470,000 inhabitants, and the second largest agglomeration after Paris (2 million inhabitants).


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